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July 26, 2019

Conforming Healthcare for Nonconforming Youth – Creating a Safe Space for Trans, LGBTQ Individuals

Diversity enhances the intellectual, emotional, economic, moral and spiritual life of a community. Lucky us! With 83 percent more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) residents than an average American city, the Asheville area is vibrant and thrives on diversity. But diversity isn’t always understood and its acceptance can be outweighed by social stigma, […]

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July 3, 2019

Rattled: One Man’s Unbelievable Snakebite Survival Story

“Surreal. Unimaginable,” said Scott Vuncannon, attempting to describe the ordeal he went through last summer. A former Boy Scout, 58-year-old Scott was more than prepared when he and his dog, Boone, set out on the Ellicott Rock Trail in the Nantahala National Forest on a sunny day last August. But even the most experienced hiker […]

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June 19, 2019

A New Era of Care: Mission Hospital’s New Facility to Become Mission Hospital North Tower

In 2015, Mission Health announced plans to construct a new hospital tower on the grounds of the system’s flagship hospital in Asheville. The project is nearing completion, and is expected to open for patient care in October 2019. Originally named the Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine, the $404 million facility will have a new name […]

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May 14, 2019

Could Measles Come to Western North Carolina? What to Know about the Contagious and Deadly Virus

By Charles Letizia, Public Health Epidemiologist Measles is increasing at an alarming rate across the country. Although western North Carolina hasn’t had any confirmed cases, we remain vulnerable due to below-average immunization rates in the area. Current hot spots are New York, Washington and Michigan. There have been five confirmed cases in eastern Tennessee, which […]

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April 23, 2019

Old Prescriptions In Your Medicine Cabinet? Drop Them Off On Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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April 8, 2019

I Know I’ve Made a Difference – McDowell Volunteer Tells Her Inspiration

By Nancy Northrop Sluzinski Editor’s Note: Mission Hospital McDowell volunteer and children’s book author Nancy Northrop Sluzinski is the author of Eric’s Trip to the Emergency Department coloring book and ABC’s for the Child Within, both donations to the hospital. The inspiration for creating the coloring book for children entitled Eric’s Trip to the Emergency […]

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April 5, 2019

Donation Saves Lives – Choosing to Become an Organ Donor

What if a single, simple decision you made could dramatically alter the path of someone else’s life for the better? Choosing to become an organ donor has exactly that impact. One organ donor can save as many as eight lives, and one tissue donor can improve up to 50 lives. More than 110 people are […]

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April 2, 2019

Beyond Disability – Building a career with Project SEARCH

By Shelley Pereda My daughter, Zoe, faced significant challenges at a very young age. She was nonverbal and mostly catatonic at 18 months, and her neurologist at the time predicted that she might need to be institutionalized. Needless to say, the idea of her one day having a job seemed completely unattainable. It was Dr. […]

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February 8, 2019

What You Can Expect from a Nation’s Top Heart Hospital (Infographic)

When IBM Watson Health announced its list of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals last fall, Mission Hospital found itself among the nation’s best centers for heart care for the thirteenth time. Who said 13 isn’t a lucky number? Mission Health is proud to celebrate Heart Month this February knowing that our patients and families here […]

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February 1, 2019

Home Base for Heart Monitoring – How Technology Helped Keep Anne Buchanan Out of Hospital

Western North Carolina is known for its long and winding roads. And while the scenic journeys add to the charm of our region, they can be a hindrance for those who need to travel for medical care. Anne Buchanan of Morganton knows this firsthand. The 77 year old frequently traveled to Mission Hospital in Asheville […]

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